PTSD IN CHILDREN

– A Parent’s Guide –

Symptoms & Treatment

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD, when a child (or adult) has been a victim of or had exposure to a traumatic event such as a near death experience, serious bodily injury, or sexual violence.  

Your child could have PTSD if they have a severe reaction to their experience lasting last more than one month including:

  • intrusive memories,
  • avoiding triggers of memories,
  • and experiencing distressing emotions associated with the event.  

 

Signs of PTSD in Children

Physical & Behavioral Signs

  • Being more easily startled,
  • Angry,
  • Aggressive,
  • Show more self-destructive behavior,
  • Having trouble concentrating or sleeping

Emotional Signs

  • Forgetting important details of the event,
  • Feeling detached from others,
  • Withdrawing from usual activities,
  • Developing new rigid, negative, or distorted beliefs about oneself, others, or the world.

Other Important Information

IMPORTANT: Exposure to a traumatic event may include a child seeing others experience the event or hearing that an event happened to loved ones even though the child was not there.

In addition to flashbacks, children may experience intrusive memories as shown by repetitive play or reenactment in play that demonstrates the theme of the event as well as scary dreams that may or may not be about the event.

According to the DSM-5, children who already had emotional problems before the age of 6 and before a traumatic event are more likely to develop PTSD after experiencing a traumatic event (2013, p. 277).

Females are more likely than males to develop PTSD in all age groups (p. 278).

Treatment for PTSD in Children

Medication

Medication can be an effective tool for treating anxiety disorders in children provided appropriate caution is taken when considering this treatment method.

The child should have an evaluation by a psychiatrist (not only a medical doctor), the prescriber should stay in contact with other health professionals including professional counselors, and a holistic plan of care including short and long-term monitoring should be established.

Therapy

Effective therapy for children with anxiety disorders includes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) approaches such as mindfulness techniques and play therapy.

Wrap-Up

If you would like help navigating your child’s anxeity, please give us a call.

Early intervention of crucial so your child can have a thriving future.

We specalize in helping who have PTSD or experienced a traumatic event.

OFFICES:

201 E. Ogden Ave, Suite 106, Hinsdale, IL 60521

Ask Us Anything!

7 + 3 =

We help anxious kids and frustrated parents. We serve Hinsdale & the Western Suburbs of Chicago.

Made with ♥︎ in Hinsdale, Illinois for Chicago

Built By Brand Your Practice.

© 2018 Kid Matters Counseling, P.C.

Kid Matters Counseling, P.C. DISCLAIMER: This website and blog are for informational, educational and general discussion purposes only. It is understood that no guarantee or warranty arises from the information provided, discussed or commented upon in this. website and blog nor does it constitute legal or other professional advice on any subject matter. Access to this website and blog is voluntary and at the sole risk of the user. If you think that you have a medical emergency (including clinical), call your doctor or 911 immediately. A licensed medical professional should be consulted for diagnosis and treatment of any and all medical conditions. While the information contained within this website and blog is periodically updated, no guarantee is given that the information provided is correct, complete, and/or up-to-date.   

Don't Parent Alone!

 

Receive our best parenting advice right to your inbox. 

We partner with parents to help raise safe & informed children.

You did it! Thank you for subscribing!